Tour North 4
COROMANDEL – EAST COAST CENTRAL DISTRICT

Tailor made tours are also available!

This 21 day tour has been designed to cover a big part of the North Island, including a great variety of New Zealand's natural beauty. Because of the active and adventurous nature of this tour, a good level of fitness is required.

ITINERARY

Day 1
You will be met at The Central Backpackers in Auckland at a set time, organised by your Agent, and taken to Thames. Time to relax, meet the group members and discuss the trip.

Day 2
The first few days of our trip we'll spend exploring the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. We'll start by making our way to the Kauaeranga Valley, in the Coromandel Forest Park and climbing to Pinnacles Hut. This will take us about 3 hours. We'll stay the night at this luxurious D.O.C. Hut.

Day 3
We return the next day by the same route or take the "Billy Goat Track", your option! We should be back at the bus by 4.00 p.m. and on our way to Coromandel. This is an old gold mining town from days gone by with lots of historical points of interest.

Day 4
We'll drive up to Cape Colville, making our way around the picturesque coastline of the Peninsula and down to Whitianga. After lunch you have the option to cross the harbour and cycle to Hot Water Beach or go by bus. We will be spending the night here.

Day 5
We drive from Hot Water Beach to Whangamata, then we'll just enjoy a day on the beach or we carry on to Waihi Beach, go for a walk and camp in "The Wild".

Day 6
Takes us from Waihi to Rotorua, one of the "musts"of New Zealand with its boiling mudpools and geysers. We will visit a Maori cultural show and stay at the Thermal Holiday Park.

Day 7
We have a whole day to explore all these Natural and Cultural wonders.

Day 8
We'll hike over Mount Whakapoungakau (758m), the views are well worth the effort so don't forget your camera! This will take us about 3.5 hours and then it is off to Opotiki, staying at the Backpackers Beach House.

Day 9
We will be travelling along the beautiful East Coast to Te Araroa, Hicks Bay. We put up camp here.

Day 10
We'll start bright and early to watch the sunrise from the Lighthouse and then it is back to Camp for breakfast. Mount Hikurangi (1754m) is our next stop and if weather permits, we'll go to the top. We are staying the night in a D.O.C. Hut, if we decide to give Hikurangi a miss, we'll be carrying on to Wairoa.

Day 11
We'll stay at Wairoa Backpackers and we'll just take it easy for a day in preparation for what is coming!

Day 12
We travel from Wairoa through the Urewera National Park to Lake Waikaramoana, from where the much praised track around the lake starts. We'll be tramping for about 5 hours to the Panekiri Hut and if weather is with us, we'll enjoy beautiful views from the Bluff over the Lake.

Day 13
We walk through magnificent forests on our way to the Marauiti Hut.

Day 14
Another 5 to 6 hours will see us to the end of the track and back in the bus on our way to Minginui.

Day 15
Minginui is in the Whirinaki State Forest Park, a beautiful example of what the forests used to look like. We will be taking a 3 hour walk to the Lagoon, well worth the effort! Then back to camp.

Day 16
We drive to Taupo or Turangi and we'll enjoy a nice quiet day on the Lake.

Day 17
Today we'll walk the Tongariro Crossing, acclaimed as New Zealand's finest day walk with its unique colours and volcanic landscape, an unforgettable experience. This will take us about 5 hours. We'll then carry on to Taumarunui.

Day 18
We kayak the Wanganui River! Great fun and excitement, then we'll carry on to Tokowha's homebase in Te Kuiti.

Day 19
Another walk, this time we climb Mount Pureora ( I I 66m), an hour will see us to the top, and if the weather is clear, we'll enjoy great views over Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, sometimes as far as Mount Taranaki.

Day 20
Waitomo Caves offers lots of exciting activities such as Black Water rafting, abseilling into caves etc.

Day 21
Have a sleep in!!! Get packed and travel back to Auckland.